A UK hospitality group has announced a plan to develop a vacant four-storey building in Belfast city centre into a new four-star hotel.
The Glendola Leisure Group and Carlton Hotel Collection, which are both owned by Peter Salussolia, have bought the Tipsy Bird and Prince's Buildings on Ann Street, opposite Musgrave police station.
The Carlton Hotel Collection already owns 10 properties in Holland and Belgium and is set to open a new hotel in Edinburgh in May.
Carlton Hotel Collection managing director Alfred Bree said: "The Belfast development will be our next focus.
"We're confident we will build a hotel of which the city can be proud."
The company's plan includes "a four-star modern design hotel and multiple retail concepts".
The red-brick warehouse building was home to hardware firm Jamison & Green Ltd until it was placed in administration in 2015.
The Tipsy Bird will join 21 hospitality venues in the Glendola Leisure portfolio across the UK.
It includes Waxy O'Connor's in London's West End and the World's End Pub in Camden.
The group's expansion into Belfast has been part-financed by Barclays.
Glendola's managing director Alex Salussolia said: "We have been looking at Belfast for some time and see it as a city with a bright future for hotels and food and beverage outlets."